Contrary to many of the negative temporary staffing articles shared in the news over the last 24 months, temporary assignments do in fact help people find full-time jobs.

In a 2012 survey, Staffing Industry Analysts asked staffing firms serving a variety of industries what portion of their workers typically cross over into full time positions.  Based on the responses of more than 600 individual staffing firms, they found that the median “temp-to-perm conversion rate” is 15%, or one in six placements.  In other words one out of every six new assignments will lead to full time.

[quote]33 percent of temporary workers on assignment serving the manufacturing industry, and 30 percent of office/clerical temporary workers convert to full-time positions[/quote]

Percent of Temp Workers Converting to Full Time That at first seems like a small amount, but when taking 2 other factors into account – 1) many assignments are known up front to be short term, and 2) temporary employees often do many temporary assignments in succession – the numbers change drastically. According to the survey a temporary employee who does three or four consecutive assignments has more than 40% change of converting a full time traditional employee!

By further breaking down the conversion rates by industry some even more encouraging information comes forth.  At the top of the list – the highest portion of temporary employees converting to full time – are temporary workers in Office and Light Industrial assignments.  Assignments within the manufacturing industry had the highest conversion rates – within temp segments, office and industrial were the winners.

On the median, 33 percent of temporary workers on assignment serving the manufacturing industry, and 30 percent of office/clerical temporary workers convert to full-time positions. That gives these job seekers roughly a 60 percent chance of finding a full-time job with just two assignments.

[box type=”note”]You can read the full article by Theodore Vadpey, a research associate at Staffing Industry Analysts, by clicking here.  [/box]